Starting to Draw? PART 1: Four Things you Need

Starting to Draw? PART 1: Four Things you Need


Hello my name is Paul Priestley welcome
to art tutorials online. Today’s video is looking at drawing and
sketching for absolute beginners. We’re starting from scratch and there are four
things that we’re going to be looking at. Four things you need to understand and
to do if you’re going to start drawing. The first thing that you need, the most
important of all, is one of these. Yes not just a head. But a brain and a brain that
thinks positively, don’t start thinking I can’t draw. I can’t do this, it’s too
difficult, you’re never going to get anywhere. You’ve got to think positively.
If you want to see how to think positive in relation to drawing then, have a look
at my video and it will get you started. The second thing that you need is this,
paper. You need paper. I’m using a hundred-pound
smooth heavyweight cartridge paper which is great to draw on, but if you haven’t
got that you might buy yourself a small sketchbook. This sketchbooks got much
smoother paper in it, or you might even simply use printer paper. If you can’t
find anything else there is nothing wrong with it. My grandson even made me a sketchbook by
sticking these sheets of paper together. You could use brown paper. This is
ordinary parcel wrapping paper and if needs be you could even use the back of
an envelope. The point is the paper is not that important, what’s important is
what you draw. The next thing, the third thing you need is a hand. Yes, a hand. Yet,
it could be a right hand. It could be a left hand, it doesn’t really matter. The
most important thing is that you’ve got to be able to move it about. What you
don’t want to do is stick that bit onto the paper and then you’re very
restricted in what you can do. So we’ll get rid of the pencil. We move the arm,
practice moving the arm. Twist it round a little bit,
imagine the pencil on there. Moving your whole arm as well as the wrist on the
hand you see how it works. You can produce some wonderful lines
that’s what it’s all about. The fourth thing you need is obviously pencils. This
is simply a pencil which has been sharpened with a standard sharpener so
it’s got a very short sharp tip to it. But this pencil has been sharpened with
a knife and you can see it’s got a much longer tip and a little bit more
flexibility when you come to shading. So try and sharpen with a knife. It’s useful
To have an eraser try not use the eraser every five minutes. It’s not good. Get rid
of it,you don’t need it. So throw it away. That’s it we don’t need the eraser. Now
let’s make a start. Don’t draw with the pencil right down by your fingertips. Try
to have the pencil a little bit lower down, so you’ve got some flexibility with
your arm. Now I’m just going to draw some simple lines, notice how my fingers are
stretching, my hands moving, if I turn pencil round and use the side
of the pencil and twist it notice now I get a much more interesting line. I don’t
get a simple boring line that you get all the time and that’s because I’m
flexing my hand and moving the pencil round in my fingers. It gives a much greater
effect, do you see the idea? if I want to draw straight lines I simply keep my
wrist straight and pull my arm down. Llook at that you see. Perfectly straight lines,
it’s not a problem. If I want curved lines I use my wrist. You see I’ve got a
built-in compass into my wrist. Brilliant. You see the idea? If I stretch my pencil
I can draw bigger curves. I can even do circles, you see again I’m moving my wrist
and elbow together and it produces a circle. It’s not a perfect circle, but
it’s my circle. That’s brilliant. I can also scribble, you see and here I
can produce interesting texture by scribbling on top of each other. The more
you scribble, the darker the tone, so you’re creating different types of tone. Brilliant. Now if I was to draw some very simple blocks, here we’ll use different
types of line, different types of mark that you can use here. I’m simply using
hatching, simple lines. You see you’re going straight across you see very very
simple, but it gives an effective shadow. If I do the same thing again but
just do something slightly different. This time, you see here I’m now going to
change the way I’m holding my pencil and use the side of the pencil. This works
better if you’ve sharpened the pencil with the knife. I’m going to produce
softer shading because I don’t get the linear effect, because I’m using the side
of the pencil. That makes it look more interesting. You see the idea more
of a block of shading. Now we do the same thing again. This time we’re going to use a
slightly different technique. Here look you see I’m going to use cross hatching.
Which is simply hatching and then going across it and you can produce darker
tones. You see simple, but the marks that you make are the interesting things.
It’s the marks that make the drawing interesting. That’s what we’re looking
for now. In this one, I’m going to twist the pencil as I’m working. I’m going to hold the
pencil looser and you see I get a much looser, less defined sort of line.
Here and I’m just going to do lines going up and down. I’m just moving my
hand up and down, you see ,and it gives a much more individual response to the
line. It makes the drawing look much more interesting. A more individual response.
Just do a little bit of cross hatching. On top here I’m going to scribble the shape. Here look at this I’m using nice neat lines. I’m just scribbling it, but look at
the interest that it creates. You see how the actual drawing now looks so much
more interesting. We don’t want photographic drawings all
the time, because they look like everybody else’s drawings. If you’re an
artist you’ve got to be an individual. Now if I use hatching on this circle
here and then cross hatching and then keep hatching on top and you see how
can build up layers of tone. You see, just by cross-hatching. Brilliant. We are working very simply you see, but keep it loose. Keep it free. Keep
your hand moving. Look at my lines here. You see I’m just rolling my pencil along,
you see rolling it between my fingers and it produces a much more interesting
line than simply holding the pencil tight and dragging. If you look at this line
here you see all these lines perfectly smooth, perfectly fine. I’m just using my
pencil without twisting it, this time and it produces a much more interesting
effect. Quite different from the other lines. Now I’m going to twist
and vary the pressure as I’m dragging the pencil
notice how the line becomes more interesting more individual. This is what
you’re trying to aim to do if you’re going to draw. You want to become an
individual. So the marks that you make with a pencil have got to be
individual. You see here just using a dragged effect gives a different texture. So
what you need to do is to practice these ideas and see what you can do. See if you
can come up with some different ways of making marks with a pencil. Because
that’s how you’re going to produce individual drawings. And that’s what you
want, to be an artist. You need to practice these techniques because in the
next video I’m going to bring all of these ideas together, and show you how to
produce your first sketch. Thank you for watching. I hope you’ve enjoyed the video.
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64 thoughts on “Starting to Draw? PART 1: Four Things you Need

  1. i used to draw when i was young…now being 70 i want to sketch the places i visit when camping…looking forward to starting from the beginning, thanks

  2. Sir I've seen so many artists who tell to draw realistic….. But u tell the real meaning of art and how to differentiate our sketch from the rest…. I really enjoy your video and learn so much…..

  3. I think I'm at an intermediate level with my drawing skills going towards advanced but I truly enjoyed this video. It made me happy and gave me a positive feeling.
    Lately I've been way too caught up with trying to make the perfect drawings for my portfolio, being too focused on the technical aspects, trying to get the perfect lines and so on that it brought me in a point where I got stuck, where even starting a drawing felt like a chore. I lost sight of what drawing and art are all about. This is a nice reminder.
    I've been following you for a while and I want to thank you for your video and your positive attitude! It brings me joy and it's exactly what I needed now to keep going

  4. Really nice video , I had watched it from first second to last second !πŸŒΉπŸ–€

  5. I've been a creative thinker since I was a lot younger, by the influence of my older sister, but we stopped drawing in general and lost our touch with drawing. I started watching your channel god knows how long ago and noticed some changes with the shading and tone of my drawings πŸ™‚

    I drew really well for one of my artworks and used the knowledge I gained from that video of you drawing a cliff with different lines and then the little pit at the bottom of it. I was told that it would have looked better with a background, though.

    Thank you, truly, for helping my growth as an artist.

  6. I knew there was a name for what I did (learnt from your other videos), hatching and cross hatching. I didn't really bother to look into it, but found out by watching this one! Thanks!

  7. Apparently Queen Victoria was a keen ink and draw artist. You have best tutorial on u tube. So I basically wanted to learn from the best. Thank you so much for sharing your passion πŸ‘

  8. I always learn a great deal from you, in every lesson. Your personality is awesome as is your teaching style. I left my art for a while and recently picked it up again. I'm thrilled to see all the new videos you' ve posted on drawing!! thank you, thank you THANK YOU for all you've taught me. Your teaching gives me confidence and helps me let go of perfectionism. I enjoy drawing with you & your videos more than in any other context. Blessings from Tulsa, Oklahoma USA

  9. Hello sir i want to become artist but i dont have teacher plz accept me as student and bless me do i can learn from your videos

  10. 1080 liker AND COMMENTING ON 29 MAY 2019 AT 3:37 PM(btw from india) EDIT- YOU HAVE ONLY 6 DISLIKES!!!!!

  11. Thank you so much! I learned I was doing almost everything wrong! I'm so glad to find a USEFUL and HELPFUL channel! Thanks again.

  12. I was thinking of learning to draw from a long time and your videos are a great help. They are so positive and confidence boosting. Thank you so much, Sir!

  13. I'm trying to learn to draw and have watched a lot of your videos and I'd like to thank you for giving me confidence as well as all the hints and tips.

  14. The encouraging and validating way you speak reminds me of watching Bob Ross when I was a kid. Just the fuel many of us need to shed the layers of self-doubt and criticism of our work so we can continue producing our art and improving our skills. Keep that up and you will earn a loyal following of subscribers!

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